These days, the ways in which we can make music are probably more sophisticated and numerous than they ever have been. However, many of us can remain enticed to go down the more traditional route of playing the piano like a character in a Jane Austen novel. If you are keen on doing this, you might need a few pointers on how to purchase the most suitable piano for your particular needs.

How do you intend to play your piano?

This is a question worth thoroughly thinking about before you decide which exact piano to buy. On Piano Blog, piano teacher Matt explains more about how to think about it. He explains that you should consider “why you’re buying the piano, what you plan to use it for, how serious you are about playing, and so forth”. He also suggests how you should narrow down your choices…

Digital keyboards: the “budget” choice?

The choices you should focus on, he says, are upright pianos, grand pianos and digital keyboards. The last of those three are often the subject of questions fired Matt’s way – perhaps due to the devices’ especially appealing pricing. However, there are evidently big compromises when a digital keyboard is chosen in place of what might be called a “traditional” piano.

One of these compromises is that, at the price points most attractive to customers, digital keyboards certainly won’t be capable of producing the “real” sound of an acoustic piano. Still, there’s little point in spending more for additional quality and features if they are, quite simply, not needed. A digital keyboard, Matt concedes, could make a suitable starter instrument for students – who, of course, are unlikely to have abundant money, but will still want at least something to practice with.

If you do ultimately decide to buy a digital keyboard, heed Matt’s advice of getting one with a complete 88 keys on a keyboard that is weighted. He also cautions that not all digital keyboards from the same manufacturer will be equal in quality.

Acoustic pianos: the “high-end” choice?

If you consider the available range of digital keyboards broad, it’s worth keeping in mind that it’s even broader in the case of acoustic pianos. There are two main flavours of acoustic piano: grand and upright. Usually, grand pianos better all other piano types for the standard of sound and performance that they can make possible. This is helped by these pianos’ significant sizes.

Sadly, these pianos also exceed many others in terms of financial expense. If you would like an acoustic piano that is smaller and available at a lower price, you could opt for an upright piano. This piano houses vertical strings inside a vertical frame, as CMUSE explains; therefore, you could find it to be, while a compromise to a certain extent, still a relatively favourable one as far as compromises go. Grand and upright pianos come from brands including Bösendorfer, pianos of which are available from Coach House Pianos, which also stocks pianos from many other esteemed brands.

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